TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' Down, 'Revolution' Rises + 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Hit New Lows

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May 7th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.2/6 2.0/5 1.6/4 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.4/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.038 7.501 12.22 3.752 2.091 0.755

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, while ABC won with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice began its live shows with a 3.9, down four tenths from last week's 4.3 adults 18-49 rating. Revolution notched a 2.1, up three tenths from last week's series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too pessimistic.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother garnered a season low 2.6, down a tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement was even with last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls was flat with last week's 2.6 among adults 18-49. Mike & Molly notched a 2.2, down two tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Hawaii Fve-0 earned a 1.9, up two tenths  after last week's series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars hit a new series low with a 1.9, down a tenth from last week's series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Castle was even with last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the Rihanna 777 special earned a miniscule 0.8 adults 18-49 rating


On the CW, Oh, Sit was flat with  last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating. 90210 was also even with  last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 6, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 3.9 11 11.89
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.6 8 6.94
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 1.9 5 12.92
FOX Rihanna 777 0.8 2 1.73
CW Oh Sit! 0.3 1 0.90
8:30 PM CBS Rules of Engagement 2.1 6 6.65
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.6 7 7.88
FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 2.45
CW 90210 0.3 1 0.61
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.2 6 7.09
10:00PM NBC Revolution 2.1 6 6.35
ABC Castle 2.0 5 10.82
CBS Hawaii five-0 1.9 5 7.82

Late Night Ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Alex

    @Cougar Town Forever
    As Jerry pointed out, CBS is killing itself be doing so many repeats mixed in between new episodes…

    As much as you might not like hearing it isn’t that what they do every year? I mean has the scheduling changed vs. last season for example? Was it somehow clearly and better organised then? I’ll also add that I don’t think repeats are really that big an issue for comedies. I can maybe agree that it disrupts the flow of (some) dramas but I don’t buy that the CBS comedies are so low because of repeats. Especially not in May when everyone knows they’re going to be originals.

    Scheduling your show straight through builds momentum. I think it’s better to take one long break midseason than all of these mini-breaks throughout the year.

    Which is odd because Revolution fans seem to spend most of their time arguing the exact opposite. To be honest I don’t think it makes much difference either way. I think maybe the networks need to have a clearer scheduling pattern of repeats and originals but whether that’s done in scattered blocks throughout the season or in two halves doesn’t really bother me either way and I don’t think it makes much difference from a ratings perspective either.

  • JFC

    There are about a dozen people in my office who watch Revolution. Only one also watches The Voice. There are also two people who watch the Voice and don’t watch Revolution. I know this is not a scientific measurement, but I really think these two shows do not share much of an audience and that lead in has little effect on viewership.

  • rgxx

    NBC teased REVOLUTION a bit more earlier and more often this week. It might have paid off -basically we just need the Neilson Viewers to step UP!

  • BigBrotherFan

    Cougar Town Forever

    I agree with what you are saying 100% and the most annoying network is ABC. With how they have insanely bad breaks between shows that are pretty much dependant on their momentum because they don’t have the favoritism that SCANDAL has (I’m a huge Scandal fan fyi but I know it was favored at the start because it’s Shonda) just take a look at REVENGE and NASHVILLE no doubt in my mind if they ran straight the ratings would never go below at 2 for Revenge and nothing under a 1.9 for NASHVILLE.

  • Revenger

    Is it just me, or did 90210 actually beat Nikita last week?? And now it stays at it’s 0.3

  • coonio

    REV should thank THE VOICE for the massive lead-in

  • bjssp


    Were I in charge at ABC, I’d consider leaving DWTS on twice a season (at least for 2013-2014) but cutting it down to 1 hour on Monday. Put something, anything, new after it. This might be a good spot to launch a comedy block, believe it or not.

    At CBS, I’d move either 2BG or M&M to Thursdays at 9:30, move the other one to Mondays at 8:30, and put an hour of single cams at 9:00. On Thursdays, I’ve move Men to 9:00 and Mom to 8:30. Men is probably going into its final season–two at most, certainly–and Mom could establish itself before sliding into the 9:00 hour, or, if Monday needs help, making the move to that night after getting a boost from TBBT.

  • bjssp


    Not sure how possible this is, but since Revolution is ending on June 3 this season, perhaps NBC could use the last few weeks, once shows like The Office have finished, to repeat the entire series over the course of a few nights. It’s worth considering, I think, because while it will go on Netflix this summer, it’s never to early to try to grab new viewers.

  • Alex

    @Michael Z
    who has a bigger percentage plummet (overall and 18-49), Idol or DWTnoSTARS?

    I can’t be bothered to work out series averages so just on equivalent episodes. By my quick maths (and looking up of ratings) Dancing with the Stars is down about 9.5% on the same episode in the Fall and about 27% on the same episode last Spring. Last week Idol was down about 35% on the same episode last season.

  • Seth


  • Alex

    Were I in charge at ABC, I’d consider leaving DWTS on twice a season (at least for 2013-2014) but cutting it down to 1 hour on Monday…

    I’m sure we’ve had this conversation before but…

    Cutting Dancing with the Stars down to an hour on Monday is much easier said than done especially during the earlier stages of the season. At best I suspect you’d be able to cut it down to 90 minutes but I don’t think that’s an especially great idea. If ABC are going to insist on keeping it two cycles a year though then it might be time to consider a new night. Perhaps Sunday nights with an hour results show on Monday. Although the results should would get absolutely crushed on Monday I imagine.

  • DaxJackson

    Really bad episode for Revolution, really hating the characters that are supposed to be the good ones… Charlie & Miles. All so irritating. Good episode for H50, scary one after what happened in Cleveland. 0.8 for Rihanna’s crappy show. Hope it gets adjusted down lol

  • Petar Ivanov

    Low and bad numbers all around – networks are dead.

    NBC are idiots. High cocept serialized shows are NOT reality and you can’t air it two cycles 10/10 episodes. HBO show how should air these shows look at true blood or Game of thrones – 10-13 episodes per season without breaks(ONCE PER YEAR). These shows without buzz/hype are dead. HBO way is safe and better – YES less profitable short turn but with way more seasons. If NBC air revolution and next season 20-22 episodes with second cycle so further into summer until June this show will be dead. Not so GREEDY nbc. Make it 10-13 episodes without breaks and you will has show on its own for at least 6-7 years.

    CBS comedies are going from bad to worse – HYMYM will end bad. Rules and Mike and molly make Partners look good. Only TBBT can save CBS Monday comedies. Without it they will be dead next season. And i don’t think CBS will air low rated sitcoms around their dramas #s when dramas are cheaper to produce and advertise and more profitable for that network. So insted to add sitcoms they may be will cut comedy hour. Hour from WB sitcoms around 2.2 is ridiculous for CBS standarts. ALmost all thur dramas can beat that. Right now
    CBS Monday 8 pm is 2.4/2.3
    CBS Monday 9 pm is 2.4.
    Way too low for sitcoms.

    fox what happen…..no shows in sweeps…….i guess they look from nbc mistakes and repeat them. Stupid fox.

    abc castle still best 10 pm show and may be only one that will hit 2.0+ with revolution and scandal and elementary.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Revolution will likely adjust down. Castle did pretty well considering the lead-in. Not bad at all.

    Castle is 5 season show. Don’t need lead-in. Revolution is serialized show. don’t need lead in either.

    @May Sweeps aren’t really working for CBS Monday, are they?

    Nope. Only TBBT can save it.

  • Doug

    I can imagine that many tuned out The Voice live last night because of the sound problems. At many points it sounded horrible on good quality surround systems. NBC is just not good with sound. The prior recorded shows were much better but still not as good as some of CBS’s best presentations. When are they going to understand that they have a dynamite sound system and learn how to use it to its fullest capability. Perhaps a show like this should not be live. I thought they would correct the judges audio at some point, Shakira and Ushers audio was sub par, but it never happened.

  • TV Viewer

    Last night’s episode of Hawaii Five-O was an improvement over the previous show, (the interaction with the show within a show). I also agree that it was an ironic coincidence with the events in Cleveland, Ohio where women who had been missing for years were found alive. They need to have more programs like last night’s show.

  • MichaelChickless

    Revolution may be bad, but it’s epically bad!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @CBS must do a major overhaul to their sitcoms for next season. I really hope they do not simply plug in a new sitcom at 8:30 and leave things the same. CBS needs some changes on this night.

    They will. Mike and molly willl take rules way as mid season show. Its WB comedy lower than all CBS dramas now for the season. CBS won’t tolerate that. TBBT back on Mondays is only choice or new hit comedies.

    @We’ll find out next week I believe, but my prediction is that Revolution will still be behind The Voice next fall

    That will be CRAZY BAD move. Why they will do that….Revolution is serialized show and nobody from the voice viewers won’t watch it if not watch all 20 episodes before that. Even now i doubt that they watch it. I mean if revolution is sitcom or procedura, make some sense but serialized show is not smart move. I alreadu write what nbc should do. Its not something ginius hust what HBO and cable already show that works with high concept shows.

    Well look at CBS and TBBT. ONly show that prefer well after best lead-in on netrork tv is TAHM veteran. ANd still even that show lose more than 2 full points from TBBT.

  • bjssp


    I think we had this discussion in regards to The Voice. I don’t watch DWTS so I don’t know how padded the show is.

    Your concerns make sense, though, and I kind of like the idea of a Sunday/Monday switch. Would the results show really do that much worse, and would the Sunday boost be worth it?

  • lakersupbyten

    Five 0 up..no surprise…the writing always gets better in last part of season.. yeah this eppy came out right out of the headlines. Next scenes always has Kono in danger at the season finale..give her a happy finale for once lol. Surfs up sistah!

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